Emmet popped into the office during the week for a chat and a top up of his favourite Cranberry & Coconut Chia Bars so we took the opportunity to ask him a few nutrition focused questions! Have a read below.
Tell us more about Emmet Kelly.
Father, Husband, Club Man.
I live in the real world, I work in a real job,
I just get up a little earlier, to fit training around family life.
My name is Emmet Kelly, I am an Ironman athlete and two time Ironman World Championship qualifier. An Ironman is a 3.8km Swim, 180km Cycle and a 42.2km Run (a marathon). All these distances, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the World and I do them for fun! A proud native of Tramore, fortunate to have surfed the waves, kite surfed the winds and participated in most every sport my town has to offer to us.
What is your nutrition philosophy?
Eat Real Food, Eat Everything and leave a little room for dessert.
In endurance events, what you eat may be the difference between winning a race and not even seeing the finish.
What do you eat before you workout?
Each mornings training starts at about 6 a.m. A quick coffee and most times toast and honey. A weekday workout can be up two hours long and an hour in the evening when the kids are in bed. A long spin on the weekend can be four hours plus a short run off the bike. Mornings like these call for porridge, trying to consume calories to fuel the workout.
During workouts I try fuel with real foods, fruit and longer workouts a sandwich, Chia Bars for their great taste, when constantly trying to consume calories I would blend my own sports drinks so as not to fall short and Bonk. Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man needs around 2400 calories a day to maintain. A long training day for me, I can burn up to 5000 Calories in training alone and has to be backed up with another long run session the next day. The combination of fat, protein and fiber means chia seeds are digested relatively slowly, providing long, slow release of energy to keep blood-sugar levels stable.
What do you eat post-workout?
Time is off the essence when I am finished training, not because of a magical nutrition window to replenish lost stores. I need to eat quickly and get out the door to work or spend time with my family. A shake or smoothie on milk is my go to here, porridge, protein, fruit and Chia Bia seeds. Not the photogenic mix but a sure way to get much needed omega-3, Fibre, amino acids and chia contains anti-inflammatory properties.
What is always in your fridge?
Same as most people, may be just more of it. Lots of veg, meat, chicken, dairy in the form of cheese, yoghurt and milk. Mostly all real food. A lot of the veg is cut we have prep days and batch cooking. A little bit of preparation means a nutritious meal can be only minutes away. Not only for my wife and I, children dislike waiting for food more than adults. Time spent prepping meals, means less stress when you’re in the door from work and collecting the children.
What do you never eat?
I eat most everything. I tend to not eat processed food not that I don’t like the way it tastes on the way down but after the unsettled feeling you get in your stomach or the wanting for a drink to quench the thirst created by all the salts, sugars and a whole host of numbers and words you don’t recognise on the labels.
What is your favourite treat?
I don’t have a go to treat. I eat chocolate but prefer dark chocolate, I am partial to a vanilla slice. When you eat well and train you shouldn’t hold out for treats. Life is now, a treat wont rune your healthy life and may make you happier in the whole.
Big fan of pancakes on Sundays
Healthy habits are little changes made constantly to your lifestyle, that make for a better life.
1 hour is just over 4% of your day. Don’t say you don’t have time.
Do you have any upcoming events and what are the best social channels to follow you on?
I am currently training for the Ironman Cork 2019, to be a possible qualifier for the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii, you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep updated with all things life and training!